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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Meiser Trout

I finally had a chance to try my hand at rod building. The hardest part was coming up with and building all the tools needed
ie. chucks and steady rests for my lathe which I used for rod wrapping & drying.
Here's the finished product, a Meiser trout blank to be used for this coming summer. Now that I've got all the tools and thoroughly enjoyed the process,
I'll likely be building all my rods in the future while saving a few bucks in the process.





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That's your first attempt? Nice job!

Post some pics of your set up. I'm thinking about trying my hand at it as well.

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Killer Meiser. Great building skills too! What weight is the rod and what kind of pen did you use to label the butt? Thanks.

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That's your first attempt? Nice job!

Post some pics of your set up. I'm thinking about trying my hand at it as well.

Dan
Thanks, but I have to confess, I did try to tie an old Cabelas single-hand blank back in 2013. It had the handle already pre-made. All I had to do was glue and put the guides on and I failed miserably.
I will takes some pics of my set up and post tonight.

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Killer Meiser. Great building skills too! What weight is the rod and what kind of pen did you use to label the butt? Thanks.

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Thanks, it's a 5wt (4-6). I didn't rush to complete it and it probably took me way longer than everyone else who's built a rod before. Plenty of trial and error. Writing neatly on the blank was one of the most challenging things for me to do in this project. I first tried with a $10 metallic fineliner but the lettering ended up too thick. Then I found a cheap silver ball point pen from the $ store that gave me better control. But even then I wasn't satisfied with the results, so I cheated. I wrote on a clear Avery label and cut it out and stuck it on before applying epoxy.

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Very well done! I think you will thoroughly enjoy your time with that rod, and the time and effort you put into it will just make it sweeter.
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Very nice build. I just completed my fourth Meiser build from their Highlander blanks, am really pleased
with blanks from RB Meiser. It's fun to fish your own rod! Keep building, you are off to a great start.
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Here's some early progress shots. I was fortunate enough to find a quality used lathe for $200 (at the time it was $479, currently $379+taxes) but I had to drive 2hrs through a snow storm late one evening to get it ...still well worth it.







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Beautiful job on the build. You're going to love that stick.
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Beautiful job on the build. You're going to love that stick.
Thanks. I already do and I've only been doing some short casts in my backyard.
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Also, writing on the blank- sand it very lightly with fine sandpaper, just to give it a little tooth. Try an old fashioned dip pen and an opaque ink. If you get new nibs for the dip pen, stab them into a citrus fruit for a few minutes to remove the oil on them, and the ink will flow better.

Practice on paper to get a feel for it. Contact will make the ink flow. Pressure will expand the nib and give you a fatter line.
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Also, writing on the blank- sand it very lightly with fine sandpaper, just to give it a little tooth. Try an old fashioned dip pen and an opaque ink. If you get new nibs for the dip pen, stab them into a citrus fruit for a few minutes to remove the oil on them, and the ink will flow better.

Practice on paper to get a feel for it. Contact will make the ink flow. Pressure will expand the nib and give you a fatter line.

Ah yes, I saw a picture of a Winston rod being written on with a dip pen. I should've remembered. Thanks for the reminder and for the pointers.

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Nice work! I really like your handle design. Simple and classy! Love the drawn schematic too!
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Very well done ... !!!
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Beware, now that you have that lathe, your list of lifelong pals is likely to grow exponentially. Hollowing out premade grips is both absurd and ineffective. Your grips are top shelf, worthy of a Meiser. Well done.
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